noun \ˈkrəst\

: the hard outer surface of bread

: the outside part of a pie

: the bread that is used to make a pizza

Full Definition of CRUST

a :  the hardened exterior or surface part of bread
b :  a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard
:  the pastry cover of a pie
:  a hard or brittle external coat or covering: as
a :  a hard surface layer (as of soil or snow)
b :  the outer part of a planet, moon, or asteroid composed essentially of crystalline rocks
c :  a deposit built up on the interior surface of a wine bottle during long aging
d :  an encrusting deposit (as of the eye) of dried secretions or exudate; also :  scab
:  gall, nerve
crust verb
crust·al \ˈkrəs-təl\ adjective
crust·less \ˈkrəs(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CRUST

  1. Her children prefer to eat their sandwiches with the crust cut off.
  2. a pie with flaky crust
  3. He likes pizza with thin crust.

Origin of CRUST

Middle English, from Latin crusta; akin to Old English hrūse earth, Greek kryos icy cold, krystallos ice, crystal
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with CRUST


noun \ˈkrəst\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CRUST

:  scab 2
:  an encrusting deposit of serum, cellular debris, and bacteria present over or about lesions in some skin diseases (as impetigo or eczema)
crust verb


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